Selected Events (02/27) + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2015
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”  

Paolo Szot   —  Cabaret   (7pm)   

Becoming The Man in the White Suit: The Tom Wolfe Papers  —  
SmartStuff/ Gallery Exhibition    (10am-60pm)    

Harlem Opera Theater: Salute to Black History Month   —  
Opera   (6pm)  

Dr. John  —  Jazz/Blues Music   (8pm)  

Lincoln Center’s College Cabaret  —  Cabaret   (7pm)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Feb.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site:

Paolo Szot (also Saturday)
artistpage_paulo1“In 1967, the breakthrough album “Sinatra-Jobim” provided many North Americans with their first prolonged exposure to the undulating rhythms of the bossa nova and the exquisite compositions of Antônio Carlos Jobim. Roughly 20 years later, that same album provided a young Brazilian singer with his own first exposure to the high style and epic canon of Frank Sinatra.

Paolo Szot, who grew up to become one of the most exceptional baritones of his generation both on Broadway and at the Metropolitan Opera, celebrates that moment of discovery (on both sides) as well as the Sinatra centennial with this opulent program of songs from that amazing collaboration. Most of the songs (”The Girl from Ipanema,” “Corcovado”) are very familiar, but it’s safe to say that no one has sung them as lushly romantically since the Chairman himself.” (WSJ)
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St.
7pm / $50-$80
(646) 476-3551

“Becoming The Man in the White Suit: The Tom Wolfe Papers”
exhibition_flyer“Today is the final day of the New York Public Library’s “Becoming The Man in the White Suit: The Tom Wolfe Papers,” an exhibition featuring highlights from the archive of author, journalist, and cultural commentator Tom Wolfe.” (
NYPL, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, McGraw Rotunda, Fifth Avenue at 42nd St.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. / Free.

Harlem Opera Theater: Salute to Black History Month
Harlem Opera Theater will salute Black History Month with songs of praise and protest in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the March from Selma to Montgomery and the 20th Anniversary of the Million Man March, Washington DC. The operatic voices of emerging and professional singers will bring the spirit of our history through music and verse.
Elisabeth Stephens, soprano
Steven Wallace, tenor
Quintin Calvin Lee, baritone
Dr. Gregory Hopkins on piano.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard
6PM /$40 Reception and Concert, $25 Concert Only

Dr. John
imgres“Dr. John had a lot to say (with a little help from the Black Keys’s Dan Auerbach and the Whitefield Brothers’ Max Weissenfeldt) on 2012’s masterful Locked Down. This time around, though, he’s let a late great get a few more words in. With last year’s Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch, the good Doctor and his co-producer/arranger extraordinaire Sarah Morrow bring some life back into Louis Armstrong’s works and reinvent what it means to make a tribute album.

And now, out of the studio and on the stage at Town Hall, five decades of Sasquatch’s work mixed with the characteristic boogie and funk of Dr. John guarantee the spirit lives on. Joining Dr. John is special guest Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Nicholas Payton.” (Ashley Steves, VillageVoice)
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St.
212-840-2824 /
8 p.m. / $50 – $65

Lincoln Center’s College Cabaret
Come out to Lincoln Center’s first-ever College Cabaret.

The polls have closed and the winners have been chosen. Six groups will take the stage.
Performers include:
Mark Oleszko and The Hashtag Band
Nina Grolman
Hallohallo Dance
Brandon Ilaw and Friends
Ashley Menestrina
Doors open at 7:00pm. There will be buy one get one 50% off drink specials all night plus a chance to win tickets to see Allison Williams from HBO’s Girls perform live at Lincoln Center! (and much more!)
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62 St
7pm / FREE

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had a record 56 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

A PremierPub + 3 Good Eating places

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest”, Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox (40s, 50s, R&B, and soul). On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.

3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult finding a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Patzeria Perfect Pizza – 231 W46 St. (Btw 7th/8th ave)
Perfect name for a pizza joint. On a street filled with Broadway theaters, this is a real hole in the wall, but don’t let the dive look scare you away. You can never go wrong with a slice of NYCity pizza, and this one is a classic thin crust. Only a few seats here, but pizza was made to eat standing up.

Shake Shack – 691 8th Ave. (Btw 43rd/44th st)
Danny Meyer has revolutionized the high quality burger in this town. Now he has a branch on the West Side that was desperately needed, with a bit less of the insane lines that you find at the Madison Sq. Park location. Worth the wait.

Xi’an Famous Foods – 24 W45th St. (Btw 5th/6th ave)
Try to avoid long lunch lines. Order lamb hand ripped noodles and warm your insides at one of the tables in the back. You’ll return, just remember that even mild is pretty spicy.

“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
This covers a wide range of food – the traditional pizza, burgers, & hot dogs; but also food trucks & carts, soup & sandwiches, picnic fixins’, raw bars & lobster rolls, bbq, vegetarian / falafel, ramen, chopped salad & salad bars. No reservations needed.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, with expanded descriptions, maps with contact info, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99, available Spring 2015).
◊ Order before May 31, 2015 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.


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